It can be devastating for a Florida family to learn that their child suffered an injury during the birth process. When a child suffers harm during birth, it can lead to medical conditions that can have long-lasting or even permanent effects on his or her life. If you family is walking through this difficult situation, you do not have to face it alone. 

Cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy are two medical conditions commonly caused by injuries during birth. Often, they are the result of the doctor or care provider’s actions or negligence. If your child’s doctor diagnosed him or her with one of these conditions, it is possible that you could have grounds for a civil claim. Your baby may be the victim of medical malpractice. 

What happened to your baby?

Both cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy can affect a child’s motor skills, limb functions and much more. If your baby is experiencing difficulties from either of these two conditions, your family could be facing years or a lifetime of medical needs, doctor visits and expenses. The differences between these conditions, along with what causes them include:

  • Cerebral palsy — This is a medical condition that can affect both physical function and cognitive function. Often, this develops because a baby suffered a lack of oxygen flow during birth or while in the womb. It can affect development, physical abilities and much more. 
  • Erb’s palsy — This condition develops when a baby suffers an injury to his or her brachial plexus, which is group of nerves, during birth. Often, this is the result of the doctor putting too much pressure on the baby’s head while delivering him or her. This can affect how a baby moves his or her arms or hands, and it can result in paralysis. 

These conditions are largely preventable when a doctor properly monitors a mother and baby. Certain interventions, accurate assessments and proper care can significantly reduce the chance that a child suffers a birth injury.

Your child’s future

You have the right to take action on behalf of your child and secure appropriate compensation for his or her future. If your child is a victim of birth injuries caused by a type of medical malpractice, you do not have to walk through the aftermath alone. A complete evaluation of your case can reveal what options may be available to you and help you move forward with the right course of action.